Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Review: Virals by Kathy Reichs

Virals by Kathy Reichs
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication date: November 2010
ISBN: 9781595143426

Source: ARC provided by Traveling ARC Tours


Tory lives an unusual life, as the daughter of a scientist working on a secluded island.  When she and her friends rescue a dog that has an experimental virus, they don't expect to catch it.  Not only do they catch the virus, but it causes them to gain some unusual powers - superior vision, hearing, and sense of smell.  But, what they least expect is that they've stumbled on something much bigger and more dangerous - something that others would kill to keep hidden. 

Things I Liked:
It had a quick and exciting plot.  The story kept you guessing and moved at a fast pace throughout.  I liked the scientific details and the fact that our main characters were not afraid to be nerds.  It felt a lot like a crime drama, keeping my interest with its unexpected twists and turns.  Tory was a spunky and cynical character, but also had a sweeter side as well.  

Things I Didn't Like:
Since it read like a crime drama, I found that I didn't enjoy the way it was written.  It felt like it was written as though a person was thinking or saying things to a friend - in a very informal, fragmented way.  It bothered me enough that I had a hard time enjoying the story.  I also thought that while I enjoyed the scientific details, it didn't feel realistic enough to suspend my disbelief.  I'm not generally a fan of popular action-adventure fiction, and this one definitely fit that description for me.  But it will appeal to those who do like these kinds of books and to those who like the TV show Bones.  

A bit like Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

s-factor: !@#

mrg-factor: X
some minor references

v-factor: ->->->
lots of action violence

Overall rating: ***

Do you generally enjoy these types of books? I'm starting to feel alone in these sentiments :)

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  1. I'm a big Reichs fan, so I'm excited to see what her YA debut is like. I usually like these types of stories, so I'm betting I'll like this one. We'll see ...

  2. Susan, I've heard lots of people loved it, especially those who like her work, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

  3. I love action-adventure fiction, provided it is realistic enough to be appealing. I can enjoy the odd simple fantasy, not a fan at all of paranormal. I generally like most books set in medieval history, as they tend to be fairly close to the truth and very exciting. You may be interested in a book that is very similar sounding to this one, and it's called "The Tomorrow Code", I can't remember the author.

  4. BookMaid, I usually enjoy some action-adventure, but particular type of it (though I can't really think of a modifying adjective for it) don't agree much with me. I'll have to check into The Tomorrow Code.


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